YUVA SUMMIT, an event which brought together over 1,000 college youth from across 5 states and encouraged leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship through awards, project exhibitions, and panel sessions. Participants got to hear from and network with a national and international group of mentors, faculty, young entrepreneurs, students, innovators and LEAD alumni.
The first session of the day was LEAD Talk, an opportunity for six stand-out young people from the LEAD program to share their stories on stage in front of the full auditorium of 1000+. Hailing from across India, these young leaders inspired the audience of not only their peers but their elders too. Featured leaders were Vedanth B (KLS GIT Belgaum), Santosh Biradar (DET), Deepali Bhosle (Smt. A A Patil’s Women’s College Chikodi), Srujan Mara (VREC, Nizamabad), Veeresh Varur (REC Hulkoti), Prajwal Rao (Mysore University).
Inspiring Sessions with Role Models/ Keynote Speakers:
We were honored to host many esteemed role models, including Magsaysay Awardee Bezwada Wilson, Deshpande Foundation Founders Dr. Gururaj Deshpande and Jaishree Deshpande, Open Water Swimmer Bhakti Sharma, MD of Kirloskar Ferrous Ltd R. V. Gumaste, Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the MIT Energy Initiative Dr. Robert Stoner, Triple Effect Founder Sally Ng, SHAD Coordinator Nichoas Clermont, S Mobility Chairman Dilip Modi, Author Adhitya Iyer, Adviserto the HITACHI Chairman Raju Reddy, Secretary of the IT, Electronics & Communications Department of the Government of Telangana Jayesh Ranjan, and Maesh Jadhav, Founder of the Mahesh Foundation.
Dilip Modi, Chairman of S Mobility and Founder of the Ek Soch Sandbox addressed Yuva Summit participants and spoke about his journey to becoming a leader in the industry. He also discussed the growth of Ek Soch Sandbox and took questions from the audience.
Magsaysay awardee Bezwada Wilson praised LEAD students for taking initiative in making society better and commended their high level of work in service of others.He discussed with students how to achieve their goals no matter how large.
Faculty Panel Session: